Yoga Exercises to Relieve Joint or Muscle Pain

If you are experiencing pain in a number of areas but are reluctant to turn to potentially harmful pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, you might be in luck. For centuries, yoga has been used by many men to help relieve back pain, muscle pain or joint pain. Conditions such as chronic back pain, knee pain,arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome have all been treated with the help of yoga.

A regular yoga session will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. However, if you don’t have the time to invest in a full yoga session, the following yoga positions have been commonly used to help relieve pain.

The Cobra
The cobra stretch is very successful in treating* back pain. The cobra stretch starts with you lying on the floor with both hands on either side of your hips or ribcage. Slowly press the feet into the floor and push the upper part of your body up. Once in this position hold it there for 10 counts and release the stretch. The cobra stretch will slowly stretch out the back while increasing flexibility and range of motion.

The Supported Warrior Pose
The supported worrier pose is successful in treating* knee or leg pain. The supported warrior starts with you facing a wall and placing your hands at shoulder height. Slowly move one foot forward so that the toes touch the wall, while moving the other leg slowly away from the wall and bending at the knee. Hold the position for several counts and then switch feet. This is done several times to maintain a balance on both sides. When done correctly the supported warrior pose will elongate the muscles in the legs, or work to relax or relieve stress that can build up in the legs.

The Butterfly Stretch
Men who sit for long periods throughout the day or who engage in intense physical activity might notice an extreme pain or tightness in the hip area. The butterfly stretch can help to slowly relieve muscle tension in the hip joint. The butterfly stretch is done sitting on the floor. You will place both feet together and form a diamond with your legs. Try to gently push the knees to the floor while keeping the back as straight as possible. The butterfly stretch will feel tight at first, but over time the muscles will stretch out and you will be able to lower your knees further.